This Sunday, the sunset will officially start to get later. We will take advantage of the extra minute of daylight for a hike from Dunn Rd up on Italy Hill for 5 miles down to Italy Valley. We will pass through Italy Hill State Forest, and follow an old logging road on a gradual descent of nearly 1000 feet. The Climbers will end with a short (0.2mi) road walk on Italy Valley Rd. In addition to the forest all around us, we will pass the “Outback Inn Shelter” which was replaced in 2011 by the Boy Scout Troop 37 and has a picnic table, privy and fire ring.
As usual on our Bristol Hills Branch hikes, this hike is a one way hike for Climbers and Tourists, so we will have some car driving to do at the beginning of the hike.
All hikers will meet at the parking area on Italy Valley Rd (42.626312, -77.281368) just north of the Flint Creek crossing at 1:45. All hikers will then carpool up to the top of Italy Hill.
The Climbers will drive South on Italy Valley Rd to Italy Turnpike, then up the hill to Dunn Rd where they will turn left at park at the end of the road. We will continue straight ahead on an abandoned section of the road for 0.7mi, and then turn right to continue on the trail over to Pulver Rd where we will pass the Tourist cars and continue on the same route they are taking.
The Tourists will also drive South on Italy Valley Rd, up Italy Turnpike, past Dunn Rd and turn left on Pulver Rd. About 2.5 miles up Pulver, there is a parking area. The Tourists then hike north on the abandoned part of Pulver Rd for 0.2 miles and then will turn right into the woods. At 1.7 miles we will reach the Outback Inn. After a brief rest at the Inn (bring an energy bar since this “Inn” is a carry in/carry out self serve establishment), we will start a long descent to the valley floor.
The Naturalists will carpool with the tourists to Pulver Rd, and will follow them to the Outback Inn. Turning around at the Inn will mean a 3.4 mile out and back hike, so the Naturalists my choose to turn back earlier, remembering that the downhills going out are uphill coming back.
Upon reaching Italy Valley Rd, the Tourists and Climbers will turn right to follow the road back to the cars. We expect there will be enough cars left at the bottom to get everyone back up to the Tourists and Climbers cars at the top in one trip.
Total mileage, according to the FLT map, will be 5 miles for the Climbers, 3.7 miles for the Tourists and less than 3.4 miles for the Naturalists.
Following the hike, an optional social will be at the Neapolitan Pizzeria at 120 North Main Street in Naples, NY.
NOTE: Just a reminder that we will not be hiking next Sunday on Christmas Eve. Join us on New Years Eve for a 2:00pm hike at Harriett Hollister Spencer Park.